Letter to Editor:
Listen to nurses, please
The "for profit" hospitals are at it again. They are trying to undo the ratios that have protected the quality of care for patients in California since Jan. 1.
Study after study has proven that for every patient over four that a nurse has, the mortality (death) rate goes up. The hospitals just don't care. They say there aren't enough nurses. A big load of hooey. The nurses are out there, they have just gone into other fields because they are sick and tired of running for 12 hours and hoping they didn't miss something that would mean the difference between life and death for one (or all) of their patients.
You may be in the hospital someday, or have someone that you love there. Would you want the nurses to have seven or eight patients, and be so busy they don't have time to do fine quality care? If you care at all about the quality of health care, please contact your assembly person and tell him or her to listen to the nurses, not big business.
Marlen Wears, RN